questionswould you buy a home if it ovelooked a cemetery?

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yes. that way the zombies won't surprise me.

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Depends on the cemetery, really. Is it a pretty, well-kept, and/or atmospheric cemetery, with no loitering hobos or delinquent children or colonies of evil rats from the underworld? Then, sure, why not? At least it's fairly likely that there wouldn't be any McMansions built on it any time soon, so no view or space'd be spoiled. On the other, more callous hand, I certainly wouldn't enjoy the sounds of weeping brought in on the breeze from my open windows. Hmm, so really I'm only okay with an nice old cemetery that isn't much used and couldn't be a future plot point in a Stephen King novel. Fine, so I'd only do it if it was a cottage by a quaint, interesting little church cemetery in Scotland or Provence. So, you know, never.

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I wouldn't purposely LOOK for a cemetery next to my home, but it would not be high on my list of CONS in buying either. There are actually some beautiful cemeteries around.

I am not worried about the dead rising.

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No thanks. Don't you know what happens when your house is near a cemetery? Haven't you seen Poltergeist?

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I lived next door to a cemetery for many years...at least the neighbors were quiet!

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Your question made me laugh because it reminded me of an apartment my ex used to rent. It adjoined a cemetery, which adjoined a transformer farm. Every time I drove past those powerful electric devices hulking over that sleeping graveyard I felt like I was taking a detour into Twilight Zone territory. I always cautioned him to lock his doors at night to keep the zombies out.

Where I live now I don't think twice about stepping out into my front yard with the dog for a 4am potty break, but I think that I would have trouble going out of my house at night if I were right next to a graveyard. Partly because I get creeped out pretty easily, and partly because I would feel like it was a good place for monsters of the flesh and blood kind to hide out as well.

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Superstition is for mindless fools. I'd gladly buy a house that overlooked what is basically a quiet garden.

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Resale is the biggest issue.
If it has to be on a property disclosure, then it's not a good thing come resale time.

That said, I'd be all over it for "what a bargain" purposes.
As long as the developer didn't just move tombstones and I find out when putting in my new pool....

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I agree with @goldenthorn. There is a huge cemetary in town where my wife used to work. It is possibly the most beautiful cemetary I've ever seen, it feels more like a park than a cemetary. If that was the cemetary beside my house not only would I not mind, but it would be a positive.

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my only reservation would be what it would do to resale value. but aside from that, i would have no problem with it. in fact, my biggest complaint about where i live now is noise, so if the old saying "as quiet as a tomb" is accurate, i might actually prefer it.

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Here's the good part about living next to a cemetery: Your neighbors will never complain about you and you'll never have complaints about them.

Unless it's an active cemetery or severely neglected, then what's the worry?

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I wouldn't care. But did find out after buying my current house that one of the deadbeats that lived there (it was foreclosed at about double the amount I paid for it and they left it in a very poor condition) killed one of the other deadbeats that lived there in either the house or the backyard.

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@benyust2: When I was a teen I was watching my four brothers and sisters after school one day when there was a knock at the door. I answered it and there were two guys in suits and dark glasses. One showed me his badge and said "FBI." I slammed the door shut in his face without a word and called my mom. She told me to put him on the phone, so I opened the door again and they were still there, looking a little nonplussed. It turned out there had been a murder in our home before we moved in, and the trial was finally about to begin and the agents wanted to walk the "crime scene" to refresh their memories before testifying. So here are these two very stolid FBI agents being followed by a trail of five kids ranging from 2-17 being asked a million questions about who died here? how did they die? did they die in my room? was there a shootout? was there a lot of blood and guts? etc. It was pretty hilarious.

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And then bodies will come rising out of my unfinished pool?

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I grew up one block from a cemetery. Older one. Nobody ever seemed to visit.
For some reason, us kids never went in there. All the good bug hunting was in an empty lot across the street from it.
Don't thought twice about it.

There were occasional bodies stolen. Gee, wacko people existed back then too!

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We looked at a house near a cemetery, the main thing that kept me from seriously considering it was that it was way too far from where I work.

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If its something your into then go for it, me on the other hand would find it a bit creepy so I would shy away from it.

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I would consider it, I've had some crazy neighbors over the years and would like the fact that it would be adjacent land that would have a slim chance of ever being developed. We are losing all our land in our town to developers due to being near an interstate. :(

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It wouldn't stop me from buying a home. But, I wouldn't buy one because of it, or not buy one because of it.

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Nope. For most people, it would be quiet. Not for me.

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@moondrake: DON'T LEAVE US HANGING LIKE THAT!!!!1

I mean... Do tell, perchance, if ye have a moment?

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I might. And I'd tell everyone that people were just dying to live next door to me.

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many cemeteries have become magnets for wildlife. Little oasis in urban areas. If you enjoy looking out and seeing foxes and squirrels and deer and lots of birds. It's a great spot. Just watch out for pets --- If you have foxes they will go after cats and maybe even small dogs. Some I imagine may even have coyotes, and that means extra due diligence on pet safety.

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It's an even trade for the lack of spying neighbors and noise - basically peace. Besides, in scary movies, cemeteries are sacred ground, that's where you RUN when shit gets real

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@neuropsychosocial: The FBI guys wouldn't tell us anything. They were very uncomfortable. But that same year I was apartment hunting (I graduated early and moved out at 17) and I found a really nice place at a great price. Took my mom to see it and she recognized it and flatly told me there was no way I was renting it. Only about a year before there had been an infamous gangland slaying there, of attorney Lee Chagra who apparently ran afoul of a cartel. It was such a big deal that football player Rosie Grier asked Senator Ted Kennedy to look into the investigation. Several books have been written about the murder. That explained why such a nice apartment was in my price range. I still kind of regret not taking the place, I ended up in a pretty low end place because it was all I could afford.